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and mrs. obama at the white house. this interview was taped days before the tragic shooting in connecticut and was postponed until now. it was the first time the couple sat down together since winning re-election. mrs. obama also took me on a personal tour of what is called the people's house. and it's never more true than during the christmas season. after thanksgiving, more than 80 volunteers from nearly 40 states descend on the white house, trimming 54 trees, plus every nook and cranny. first dog bo is the star of the show. there he is inspecting the decorations, including this larger than life model of himself, made of 20,000 pompoms. my friend. >> yes, bo. he's really big in relation to this house. >> this 300-pound ginger bread white house was the first stop on my exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with first lady michelle obama. these are various rooms in the actual white house. >> absolutely. and the details in these rooms are just beyond this year. >> why peer into these windows when i can see the real thing? >> come on, bo. >> does he follow you around all day? next stop, the red r
learned president obama is planning on addressing the school tragedy in newton, connecticut. he will hold a briefing at the white house at 8:45, our time, we -- he will announce vice president biden will spearhead an interagency process to form new policies to respond to the school tragedy. abc news plans on carrying a special report when that happens. stay with the abc7 morning news coming up, we'll go live to newtown for more on today's announcement from the president. plus the ongoing remembrances taking place for the victims. >>> needy bay area families are lining up in the frigid cold to get help for the holidays. amy hollyfield is live at glide memorial church in san francisco. >> reporter: check out the crowd behind me this is ellis street they had to shutdown to accommodate all the people lining up. they've created a maze with bar kays to handle owl of the people -- with barricades to handle all of the people. the line started last night after dinner. it doesn't surprise glide officials they say the need is high and especially great among seniors. what did surprise glide officials
maggard with president obama. the kiss of death for tennessee republicans. flyers, newspaper ads. internet videos. >> both say they support our second amendment rights but they both worked against our freedoms behind closed doors. >> they prey on your fears and they know most people won't have the courage to stand up to them. >> reporter: but deborah maggard did and paid the price. she lost her race to the nra backed challenger. that's the way the nra has long operated, striking fear into the hearts of republicans and democrats alike. in this year's presidential campaign, republicans fell all over themselves to curry favor from the organization. >> it's great to be here with so many friends of the national rifle association. >> reporter: but is it different this time? >> everyone in this country at one time or another has loved a 6-year-old or a 7-year-old. and i think the nra for once, i think everybody is paying attention to how they operate. they have stifled meaningful discussion by using fear and intimidation tactics to keep people from saying the things that maybe need to be said. >>
on a special edition of "nightline" a white house christmas. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama sit down with our own barbara walters for their first interview together since the election. >>> tonight's former president george hw bush was in a hospital in intensive care. he is fighting in an elevated fever. he was in hospital with complications from a bout of bronchitis. doctors said they expected the former president would only spend a few days in the hospital and be home for christmas, but his condition worsened with a spike in his fever and he is now in guarded condition in the intensive care unit. >>> a powerful winter storm that lashed the midwest and south is moving to the northeast. in boston the high winds are actually blowing the snow sideways. forecasters, however, say the snow will be gone tomorrow. across the midwest, blizzard warnings are in affect for eight states. the snow, sleet and the rain across the highways have contributed to six deaths. and just driving itself is a real hassle. >> we were trying to get out. >> yes, we were trying to get out of the par
. it's clear to me they made a political calculation. before president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a major sticking point. holding up a deal. >> right now, i'd say we're nowhere. >> reporter: president obama is looking for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years. speaker boehner is offering half of that. there's $600 billion. the speaker says that's not enough. although he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, it means on january 1st, every american will pay more income tax, between 2,000 to $2,200 for the average family. $500 billion in automatic spending cuts will go into effect. half of that at the pentagon. the other half coming in transportation, food safety and re
retaliatory action from the united states. monday, president obama warned the syrian regime. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: obama administration and military officials say they believe president assad has gotten the message. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> reporter: the syrian regime, which has been massacring citizens for nearly two-straight years, has been careful not to confirm it has the weapons. >> even if we have them, we shall not use them against our people. >> reporter: but president assad's father used chemical weapons. and officials believe pressure on the current government is mounting. opposition is making tactical gains that could trigger a shift in the conflict. the state department believes the conflict is growing closer to assad and is looking into reports that assad's men are looking for a place to go into exile. >> tahman bradley, live in washington.
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, and they are gathering here tonight to hear from president obama, who is here now at the school right now. tonight in his role has comforter in chief as a father himself, helping to heal a nation in mourning. he is speaking with the families at this hour and around this country tonight, outside philadelphia, a vigil for the victims. in washington, d.c., remembering them with song, holding candles against the night. at a church in detroit, keeping the children, the teachers, in their prayers. and on television today, nfl players, like the teams in the new orleans superdome offering a moment of silence. and this evening a new image of the gunman, adam lanza in a sixth grade yearbook picture years before he would take the lives of 12 little girls, eight little boys and the six women who taught and guided them. our ern tire -- entire abc news team is on the grounds tonight and we begin with the portraits of the lives lost. ♪ this is an abc news special report. tragedy at sandy hook. >> good evening to all of you, i'm diane sawyer, here with george stephanopoulos at abc htd quarters in new york and we sboin
's definitely seen president obama in his underpants. he's written this new book, it's called "the outpost: an untold story of american valor." please welcome jake tapper. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: how are you? >> how about that mel brooks? >> jimmy: good luck following that. >> i know. i'm just going to get up right now. >> jimmy: really. there's almost no point in continuing. >> i'm not going to try to make a joke after that. can you imagine him and reiner tonight watching that? that kimmel, he's going places. >> jimmy: i like to imagine that. i like, in fact, i'm going to follow him home and go to it with them, watch it with them. now, jake, you've written this book and this is really an excellent book and i think -- i think a lot of people don't know, don't have any idea what goes on in afghanistan. i, for one, did not have any idea what was going on in afghanistan until i read this. and the interviews that you -- did you go over there? >> a couple of times. >> jimmy: you interviewed hundreds of people, including of people who aren't necessarily on our side. >> right. i did int
with president obama in newtown for an evening brother vigil. he'll meet with the family0s of the shooting victims. investigators are still trying to find out what prompted 20-year-old adam lanza to shoot his mother multiple times in the face before continuing his killing spree at sandy hookletly that only end when he shot himself in the head. now the town is working to have the youngest survivors not have their lives impacted. >> the policeman told us to close our eyes. and just go out. >> told to us close our eyes because the man was probably dead right there. reporter: a nearby up to is helping by offering up a school that is silting empty to the children of sandy hook. the idea when they go back to school, they don't have to do it in a building struck by tragedy. >> ama: the community has been shaken by this tragedy, and it's not just those directly affected in the shooting. laura an happy to is live from sandy hook with reaction from folks in town. laura? reporter: this is a very tight-knit small community, a village. today it was filled with people and cars from all over the area. bu
. president obama is about to detail a sweeping effort to curb gun violence. katie marzullo is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: the issues of school safety and gun control came up shortly after friday's shooting. this morning heavy hitters announcing real plans. 7 a.m. senator boxer will talk about her new legislation to strengthen security at schools. it will provide state and local officials with new resources and tools to help secure campuses. at 8:45, president obama will outline steps his administration will take to tighten gun restrictions that could include a ban on assault-style weapons. the president is putting vice president biden in charge of that. in connecticut today, more funerals. teacher victoria soto will be laid to rest, parents will bury more children. parents say they take comfort in the thought their daughter is with her friends. >> i envision all of them holding hands, they are all together up there with the wonderful principal. >> reporter: the investigation into lanza cnn reporting toxicology tests are underway to determine if he had been ta
, president obama gave them today off, many government offices are closed. financial markets closing early as are most post offices. the hobbit topped box office again for the second straight weekend, it took in 37 million dollars more than double any other movie even though many did their last minute shopping instead that's . >>> just about 5:14 thank you spore spending your christmas eve with us. live look towards san francisco, beautiful lights, bay, rain is going to take a break for a while because we had a gully-washer over the weekend. more about weather and traffic coming up. >>> u.s. senator free on bond in morning after being arrested on drunk driving charges near washington, d.c.. police in virginia say they stopped idaho republican michael crapo after he ran a red light. he failed a field sobriety test and booked into jail released on $1,000 bond he will be back in court january 4th. >>> mitt romney's son said his dad never wanted the top job. tag g romney said his dad was reluctantly convinced to run. he said he wanted to be president less than anyone i've met in my life. he no
queen of american fashion be president obama's next big ambassador abroad? >>> and good evening. tonight, we have the news that american home owners have been waiting to hear. the price of the family house is roaring back to life. home prices up more than 6% across the country, and that's the biggest jump in six years. abc's david muir is here to tell us what's ahead and which markets are causing the big stir tonight. david? >> diane, we've been waiting to see a result like this. a jump for years now tracking the housing crisis since it started following families, entire neighborhoods as they waited for a rebound. and today, when we went back to one street, one of the hardest hit in america, we couldn't believe the turnaround. call it an early christmas gift for millions of americans who own homes. tonight, new signs home values are finally on the rise again. the biggest spike, in arizona where home prices are up more than 21%. >> and this is cortis street. >> reporter: perhaps you'll remember our drive through that neighborhood outside phoenix, it was ground zero for the housing crash f
. >> and president obama and congressional republicans are making plenty of sound bytes about it all. but very little progress. abc's tahman bradley has the details from washington. >> reporter: democrats and republicans remain light years apart. here's president obama, in an interview with bloomberg tv, describing house speaker john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. the president says that's unacceptable. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: republicans, like rising star senator marco rubio, say raising taxes on the wealthy is the wrong approach. >> the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt. it would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them. >> reporter: so, that's the major holdup, taxes. republicans and democrats deeply divided. >> there
next week's vote on a new constitution. president obama spoke with morsi yesterday via phone, calling the violence unacceptable. >>> and back here at home, we get a new snapshot of the economy this morning, when the government releases its jobs report for the month of november. it's believed that several factors combined seriously hampered last month's hiring. among them, concerns about the looming fiscal cliff. and other factors, as well. abc's tahman bradley has that story from washington. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still three weeks away. but the economy may have already taken a hit. economists predict the government's monthly jobs report, due out later this morning, will show that employers added fewer than 100,000 workers in november. superstorm sandy may be part of the reason job creation slowed. but worry over the fiscal cliff may have also had an immaterial pact. some economists believe that 200,000 fewer jobs thhave been created this year, due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are tal
for the victims. two little boys, jack pinto and noah pozner will be remembered. >> president obama spoke of their loss and the others at a vigil last night. saying we, as a nation, cannot tolerate this kind of violence anymore. we're learning new details about the shooter himself, adam lanza, and how he managed to carry out his deadly massacre. we begin with coverage from abc's tahman bradley. >> he joins us live from newtown where the grieving will take a more private turn later today. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: sunny and rob, good morning to you. today is going to be another tough day for this heartbroken community. funerals will begin today and tomorrow. for some of the victims. and last night's prayer vigil, visited by president obama, is something that this community and the country will not soon forget. >> olivia. josephine. >> reporter: the more than 900 mourners who packed newtown high school heard an emotional president obama admit the country has failed them. >> since i have been president this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community tor
. >>> majority of americans approve of president obama's job performance. new cnn poll finds 52% of americans approve of the president's job performance. 43% disapprove. the poll asked how the country feels about the first lady? she enjoys a 73% approval rating, 20% disapprove. outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton also popular, 66% job performance rating, 30% disapprove. >>> russian president vladimir putin just announced he will sign a bill banning americans from adopting russian ssji9ñ in a televised address, putin said he doesn't see any reason not to sign it. putin says united states authorities deny russia access come to america. unicef estimates there are 740,000 children without uxc¢áhr' russia. they appreciate the thought but the word from local leaders is stop, when it2"2dm0qj to sending gifts to their town leaders say they appreciate it butq6v÷ their smal community is overwhelmed by the gifts. several streets are lined witheñ shrines as items keep pouring in they are filling up local warehouses. on the upside united way says the fund has grown to 3 1/2 million dollars.d
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hill. and from capitol hill to the white house from house speaker john boehner and president obama tried to find some common ground in fiscal cliff negotiations last night. was there progress of any sorts? we're going to tell you. >> we're covering every little inch of the back and forth. at least at this point, nothing concrete. again, the big issue is what is being talked about privately, not publicly. we'll see if they have something up their sleeves. the clock is ticking. >>> also, from a legal debate to a health issue. what doctors are saying about the benefits of same-sex marriage. they studied how couples feel after making their relationships legal. >>> and later, odd ball upscale and one of a kind. the hot new website offering some very unusual gifts and we stress the word "unusual." our tech editor discover what's different about don't go to that website yet. >> why not? >> because then they won't watch the show. >> oh, smart. >>> first, a major setback for president obama this morning. >> bowing to extreme pressure, u.n. ambassador susan rice made a surprise anno
by president obama last night. >> 6-year-old and joshua and noah will be remembered today. they say jack will be forever remembered for the joy who had the pleasure of knowing him. noah has a twin sister. they have still yet to tell his siblings how he passed. residents packed the high school auditorium and heard president barack obama heard to vow to enlist help to prevent similar tragedies in the future. >> as a community you have inspired us, new town, in the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you have looked out for each other. you have cared for one another. you've loved one another. this is how new i town will be remembered and with time and god's grace, that love will see you through. >>> there are that no classes today at sandy hook elementary the school district is making plans to send surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town. after jack pinto and noah are laid to rest the next funeral is set for tomorrow. >> by all accounts the shooter, kept mostly to himself, not many people knew him well. those that did saw no reaso
of the victims extended to the white house. president obama honored the moment of silence behind closed doors. he sent out a tweet beforehand that says: 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults, together we will carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. earlier today, the president released a video responding to an online petition signed by more than 400,000 asking for an immediate introduction of gun control legislation in congress. >> the president: i wanted to take a minute to respond and let you know, we hear you. >> reporter: for the first time since the shooting the nra hold a news conference. the group did not promise any changes to its policies. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: two protesters briefly stopped the event. >> nra stop killing our children! >> reporter: as the gun control debate intensifies more victims will be laid to rest today. this is the fifth straight day of funerals and more services are planned for this weekend. wendy gillette, abc7 news. >>> short time ago california senator feinstein responded
explodes in downtown san francisco. what officials say cause the fire. >>> president obama cuts his holiday vacation short. why he's leaving hawaii tonight. >>> first, here's this morning's tech bites. >>> less than a merry christmas for netflix the service went dark for many customers christmas eve for more than 10 hours,. for the first time sales are falling for e-readers like kindle and nook. replaced by tablets which are cheaper and lighter with longer lasting batteries. >>> you may be thinking this morning about returning a gift bought online. if you are mailing it back make sure you have packaging retailer has a store near you, you might be in luck. >> if you got something bought online you can return it to a brick and mortar store if they have a store. best buy, you#nóqp can return io best . >> that isn't always true, check the rules carefully. those are your tech >>> live look in high-definition towards the embarcadero. you may encounter showers. [ inaudible ] >>> the san francisco woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run faces felony charges in court today. police arrested the 23-year
to take part in what's become a obama holiday tradition. >> and taking a look at live doppler 7hd radar, we're seeing breaks in the rain. leigh glaser will have the latest >> the first family is now in hawaii on a christmas vacation. the obamas touched down near honolulu just after the.urged lawmakers to solve the fiscal cliff after the holiday break. president obama said if a deal hasn't been reached he would be returning to washington after christmas. >>> a big political shakeup in egypt as eship sans -- egyptians went to the polls. two top government officials resigned. and the vice-president's departure was expected. he says with his background as a judge, politics doesn't suit him. and state television says egypt's val bank governor has resigned but did not say i would. >> for the first time in 15 years you can get a whopper in france. burger king opened a restaurant at marseille airport. the burger king closed its 39 french restaurants in 1997 because they weren't profitable. burger king plans to open another restaurant in france next year. >>> ahead, what was different this year
are the difference between what president obama wants and jon kyl wants, $119 billion over ten years. for those 600,000 estates to give $119 billion away and instead take it out on cuts on medicare and roads and education is unconscionable. >> if you look at the bigger picture for a second, we've known for two years that these tax cuts would be expiring the day after tomorrow or the end of the day tomorrow. we've known these automatic cuts, the so-called -- this was going to be happening for more than a year. aren't you a little embarrassed as leaders in the congress that it has gotten to this point that tomorrow is new year's eve, the day it all expires, and you still don't have an agreement? i mean, we've been having this argument for two years. >> it is embarrassing but almost every disagreement we've had is not because of a senate where we've had lots of -- we've come to agreement on many things. there are 50 hard right people in the house who don't want to compromise. they don't believe in any revenues. they say compromise is a dirty word, and speaker boehner just as recently as last week play
. >> this morning president obama is announcing plans to put vice president biden in charge of a special commission. >> to address the mass shooting were you talking about in the wake of last friday's attack that kill 26 at a connecticut school. mark greenblatt has the latest from sandy hook element trip. >> reporter: good morning. we are expecting another somber day here with more funerals expected to get underway shortly. in the center of town, the memorial behind me has been growing it now extents back around the corner and far out of -- now extends back around the corner and far out of side. four more funerals will be held today. three for children who died. >> it is hard to get your mind around it that someone so young would leave us in such a peaceful community over such a horrific event. >> reporter: teacher victoria soto will be laid to rest today. >> vicki died a hero she was protecting her children whichrñ she loved very much she didn't call them her students she called them her kids. >> reporter: tuesday the sudden grim need for multiple funerals went on display in a painful new way wh
pozner. >> president obama remembered those little boys along with all the others who died during an emotional speech last night. abc's mark greenblatt is in newtown with more from that vigil. good morning, mark. >> reporter: well, good morning. the president came here to newtown to grieve with a community that has lost so much. and tell the rest of america that he hopes that we can all learn from what happened here. >> since i've been president, this is the fourth time we've come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. >> reporter: more than 900 people packed into newtown high school for an emotional interfaith service. they came to remember loved ones lost in the shootings and left with the message that those who died may help lead america to become better and safer for others. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. in the coming weeks i'll use whatever power this office holds in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like. this>> reporter: the entire community of newtown has transformed into one giant memorial, with fl
obama and house speaker john boehner can come together. >> the president, not so conciliatory note. we'll get the latest from david kerley coming up. >>> check this out. why all new cars may soon be spying on their drivers and making it tough for you to cover your tracks. >>> we're going to start, though, with what should have been a joyous week for the royal family. but news of kate's pregnancy was overshadowed by her hospitalization for morning sickness, a prank call that duped two of her nurses. and then, the suspected suicide of one of those nurses. this morning, the boss of the two australian deejays behind this prank is now speaking out. and abc's jeffrey kofman is in london on the story. jeffrey, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: and good morning to you, dan. an outpouring of indignation, what we're seeing around the world as news of this story spreads. and nowhere is it stronger than in australia. all of it focused on the two radio presenters behind the hoax call. >> this is 9 news. >> a sydney radio station is tonight at the center of a firestorm. >> reporter: amidst an o
days late. terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >>> still ahead, president obama arrives back in washington after cutting short his vacation the chilly political climate he's returning to. >>> shocking scare caught on camera what led hundreds of shoppers to stampede o >>> president obama is back in washington where the weather is just as frigid as the political climate inside. fiscal cliff talks appear to be going nowhere. the president is trying to hammer out a deal before major tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1st. this morning harry reid launched a scathing attack on house republicans for not returning to washington. >> i can't imagine their con chens they are out wherever -- consciences they are out wherever they are and we are trying get something done. >> newly appointed senator flew back with the president today, left governor currently will replace the late senator daniel inouye. >>> that looming fiscal cliff is having a huge effect on the stock market today. you can see the dow is down 135 points over 1%, consumer confidence very low because of concerns that fiscal cliff
in style. he was aboard air force one as president obama returned to the white house. what a welcome. he will serve in the senate until the election is held in 2014. and the president is returning to washington as the treasury secretary warns the country is not in a good place when it comes to the national debt. timothy geithner says the government may hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on monday. the president will hear about the fiscal cliff problem as well as members of congress return to washington to address the fiscal cliff. talks will take place behind closed doors. no public negotiations set. you have the debt and the fiscal cliff. it's not looking too good right now when it comes to the u.s. economy. >> geithner told congressional leaders that his department is using some accounting measures basically a fancy way of saying they're going to try to free up some cash to hold off, temporarily, this fiscal cliff. but it's still not looking good. >> i don't know about you at home, but kicking the can down the road, this has been happening over and over again. somebody has to make
.s., if those weapons become a threat. >>> and back here at home, president obama meets with the nation's governors today on urgent talks to avoid that fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats in congress appeared no closer to a compromise. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: congressional republicans' counterproposal was dead on arrival. the white house quickly rejected the $2.2 trillion deficit reduction plan, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the proposal a step backwards. saying if republicans do not agree to some higher tax rates for the wealthy, the nation will go over the fiscal cliff, and the american people will hold them responsible. democrats also take issue with the proposal's spending cuts to medicare and social security. republican counter
. >>> more republicans are willing to go along with president obama. they want major cuts in entitlement programs in return. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more. >> reporter: sunny and john, good morning. with time running out, president obama and speaker boehner are negotiating directly. congress needs a bill soon. president obama is back on the road today, peddling his plan to avoid the so called fis kalg cliff. in washington, republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. sunday, small sign of hope. mr. obama and john boehner meet together. a source said, i would be a little enjournlged. not greatly, but a little. republicans may be ready to compromise on tax hikes for the rich. >> there's a growing group of folks looking at this and saying, we don't have a lot of cards in regards to the tax issue. >> reporter: some are open to more tax revenues. the two parties seem to be closer on entitlement, with one leading democrats saying he's open to means testing for medicare. >> i do believe there should be means testing. those of us with higher income and retirement should
weeks ago, rice, a tough and smart rising star in the obama administration, was the president's top choice to serve as the next secretary of state. but she drew a lightning storm of republican criticism for repeating talking points from the intelligence community that seemed to critics to downplay the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> what this began as was a spontaneous -- >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting basic answers. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: the president, in a statement today, praised rice, who will stay at her u.n. post. and expressed regret for "the unfair and misleading attacks on her." abc news has learned that before her withdrawal, president obama had concluded that senator john kerry would be a better choice to be the nation's top diplomat. with kerry almost certain to be tapped, sources say former senator chuck hagel, a nebraska republican, seems to today have an edge to be the next defense secretary.
diagnosed as a lung infection. >>> in other news right now, president obama will have to go to plan "b," to find a new secretary of state. >> in a surprise move, u.n. ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration, saying the country would not benefit from a bitter, costly confirmation process. >> several republicans made it clear they did not want rice to be the nation's top diplomat. and abc's tahman bradley joins us, now live, from washington with more on this surprise move. hi, tahman. >> reporter: hello. good morning to you, rob and paula. the president's announcement of his new national security team could come any day now. and with susan rice out of the running, we're getting a clearer picture of the top contenders. president obama's new national security team is taking shape. first, secretary of state. u.n. ambassador, susan rice, who has been at the center of controversy over the obama administration's handling of the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, pulled her name out of contention. telling nbc, she doesn't want to be a distraction. >> i didn't want to see
does not need right now. president obama is saying he won't let rice go far. >> an outstanding job, she will continue to be one of top members of my national security team. >> reporter: other openings, secretary of defense, former senator chuck habelgel seems to have the edge there. c.i.a. director, acting director michael morale and john brennan are considered top contenders. one last note on senator kerry. some say he is a shoo-in for secretary of state but he will likely face questions about past support for syrian president assad. >>> new this morning, today is decision day for states to notify washington if they will run their own insurance markets under he'll overhaul. 19 states have turned down the administration's invi station to set up health insurance exchanges. that leaves the feds with a huge task of doing it for them. on the other side, 17 states including california, washington, d.c. say they want to set up their own markets. >> walgreen's drugstores have agreed to pay a huge fine to settle a lawsuit filed in in alameda county. they are going to pay $16.5 million after the
will come out of retirement as a former sandy hook principal. and in washington, president obama issued a resounding call to action. >> this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced a powerful team of cabinet members, now have the new task of creating immediate reforms to prevent more shootings. and the vice president isn't wasting any time in getting to action. today, planning to convene a meeting of top law enforcement officials from all around the country, trying to brainstorm a way forward. live in sandy hook, mark greenblatt. rob and sunny, back to you. >> the fallout from the tragedy, remarkable. thank you for the live report. >>> and the sides placing new restrictions on so-called assault weapons. the white house is also looking at other solutions to the nation's gun problem. among the considerations, better funding for mental health counseling. also, steps to keep society from glamorizing guns and violence. the president is promising to send the idea to congress by the end of january. >>> in response to the washington talk about gun control, sales
morning, wendy. >> reporter: good morning, president obama will meet be lawmakers this afternoon. time is running out with no deal in sight. president obama will meet with congressional leaders later today at the white house. but it may be too late for a deal. there's just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be very honest, mr. president. i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader, harry reid, lashed out at house speaker, john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship. >> john boehner seems to care more about his leadership than keeping the country on a secure footing. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner called the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. but members of congress understand the 11th-hour actions may not be enough to appease the public.
to the fiscal cliff discussion. we saw those talks between the house speaker and president obama collapse this week. all eyes now on the senate. i want to show what the president called for before he left for his christmas holiday on friday afternoon. here's the president. >> all of us, every single one of us, agrees that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans, so there is absolutely no reason, none, not to protect these americans from a tax hike. >> senator isakson, he said every republican, every democrat in washington said everyone earning under $250,000 shouldn't get a tax hike. so he wants to put that on the floor along with an extension of unemployment benefits and some relief from this that's going to hit january 1st. any chance you could support that, senator isakson? >> i feel the house should have passed speaker boehner's bill and the president's statement is right, no one wants taxes to go up on the middle class. i don't want them to go up on anybody, but i'm not in the majority in the united states senate, and he's the president of the united states. if we ge
, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama went on and on and on about the fiscal cliff, while house speaker john boehner spoke for less than a minute. but it was clear from both of their remarks, there's no deal in sight. just when it seemed like the white house and house speaker john boehner were moving towards a middle ground, negotiations on the fiscal cliff hit a wall. visibly angry, boehner spoke to reporters for less than a minute. >> i hope the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> reporter: the latest white house offer extends the bush tax cuts for every american earning less than $400,000 a year, up from the original offer of $250,000. president obama said his proposal and boehner's are only a few hundred billion dollars, yes, billion, apart. >> the idea that we would put our economy at risk because you can't bridge that gap doesn't make a lot of sense. >> reporter: boehner says the house will move forward on his plan "b." that would extend the bush tax cuts for eve
the full forecast. >>> back to the mainland. reason president obama is cutting his hawaiian christmas >>> doppler showing a shower pulling away from most of san francisco near candlestick now going to head towards san leandro, possibly hayward we are just now starting to dry out showers moving towards union city and fremont towards south of redwood city, heading towards places like san jose and alum rock where we have wet weather now on the capital expressway. north more showers headed our way waves of showers today, temperatures in the 40s now, low to mid 50s this afternoon showers taper as we head overnight, dry day tomorrow before more light rain friday afternoon and more likely saturday. >>> good morning. update we have chain requirements for 50 and 83 through the sierra. 80 -- 80 did close a couple of times right now wide open with chain requirements or four wheel dry, caltrain southbound ñ 102 towards san jose and ace 1 just about to arrive, 1015 minutes late, ace 3 on time, northbound 680 mcquito -- tow truck trying to get that cleared -- . >>> president obama cuts short his h
and friends gathered for a service in newtown, president obama spoke to the crowd in hopes of starting the healing process for a hurting nation. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. today will be another difficult day for this grieving community. first victims will be laid to rest during funerals today and at last night's vigil, it was an emotional scene something this community and country will not soon forget. >> olivia, josephine. >> more than 900 mourners heard an emotional president obama admit the country has failed them. >> since i've been president this is the fourth time we've come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. >> he will use the power of the presidency to stop the tragedy like the massacre of 26 children and adults at sandy hook. >> these tragedies must end and to end them we must change. >> an emotional reaction from the shattered community to the president's visit. >> it did mean a lot. >> we have six kids. like you said, that is how we will be judged. >> new and chilling details about the gunman's past have emerged. rampage ende
will come out of retirement as former sandy hook principal in washington, president obama issued resounding call to action. >> the president: this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced powerful team of cabinet members now have the new task of creating immediate smoothings. vice president biden is wasting no time in getting to work he's expected to convene a teamú:ot top law enforcement officials in washington today to talk about implementing those reforms. mark greenblatt, abc7 news. >j=cát story is just sad, scam artists have started to prey on memories of the victims of the school tragedy. family of 6-year-old noah posner learned somebody was soliciting donations in the boy's memory. family members immediately reported it to police. >>> switching gears, gas prices lowest level of the year and better news analysts say is that they will continue to drop, national average below $3.27. prices have dropped for the past 27 days energy experts predict prices could fall further, 20 cents per gallon less in 2013. >> i%/o filled my tank yesterday because i didn't
the deadly shooting rampage on friday. president obama is headed there to help comfort the survivors. abc news reporter toman bradley has more. >> the anguish is visible everywhere. in the morning, a tearful ving git. and even "saturday night live" paid tribute to the victims. >> all is calm ♪ >> a father of one of the victims, robbie, parker describes the last time he saw his daughter. >> she said she loved me and gave me a kiss and went out the door. >> she is one of the victims the gunman targeted. all of the children first graders, six or seven years old. six adults were killed and among them a principal and psychologist, all children. >> the principal of the school was running toward the shooter to protect the students. as was the school psychologist. >> the medical examiner's grim details dealt the grieving community another blow. he says some children were shot as many as 11 times. >> this is the worst i have seen. >> we are learning more about the 20-year-old shooter who heavily armed and coated in cevlar broke into the school by breaking the glass at the entrance. his mother is
the bill, boehner said it's now up to president obama and the senate to find a way to avoid the cliff. so there's no way to get a plan through the house based on republican support. that is the political lesson from this. but the day before, they said this is going to pass and then yanked it because the support in that chamber was not there. so i don't know quite where it goes from here. no one does. and now it's time for christmas break. so they get back and have less than a week to get something done before january. >> and the president isn't going to hawaii now, right? >> the last i heard, it was still up in the air. you can't imagine he would have a vacation now. or any of them shouldn't have a vacation now. but we don't know. so cliff hanger is the right word for sure. >>> now we turn to a political eye opener and a new poll about the republican party. for the first time, the majority of americans, 53% in fact, say the republicans are too extreme. that is up from 40% just two years ago. also 22% of the republicans polled now admit their party is moving beyond the main stream. >>> ano
are talking, no breakthrough locked in a stalemate. president obama demanding higher tax rates for the wealthy and permanent extension of the debt ceiling be part of a deal. >> he showed what is he is after is assuming unprecedented power without limit. >> reporter: republicans say they will only raise tax revenue in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal one casualty would be the end of compensation for long term unemployed, people like melinda worried. >> christmas and things of that nature probably off the table. >> reporter: aides met yesterday but no signs of progress. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> if you park at a bart station while riding the trains get ready for potential hike in fees by 50 cents twice a year at high volume lots. it would cap the increases to $3 a day. currently commuters shell out a dollar. west oakland costs five. bart makes 15 million dollars a year in parking fees, an increase could mean extra five million dollars annually. >>> muni offering riders a holiday gift, free rides only good on december 28th, the 100th anniversary of the agenc
around, and colin kaepernick does what he does bes >> ama: president barack obama and house speaker john boehner met today to discuss the impending fiscal cliff. they're trying to find a deficit cutting deal to stop a combination of tax increases and spending cut to kick in. some government agencies are making contingency plans. here's that part of the story. >> preparing for the holidays is a reminder of something else just around the kosher, a -- corner, fiscal cliff deadline that is permanent here. >> i can't imagine funding being cut. it would be tragic. >> she is worried mandatory budget cuts would hurt food safety inspection. >> he was in the hospital for three weeks. >> she and her babies got poisoning from meat she ate while pregnancy. the cdc says contaminated food sickens 38,000 people a year, 3,000 people die. so the fda are charged with protecting the food supply. an 8.2% budget cut translates to a combined $157 million. >> there's no word exactly what cuts would mean to inspector staffing. >> both the fda and usda-already stretched thin when it comes to inspection activities
, investment in technology. >>> president obama will make his first comments later today in detroit on his one-on-one talks at the white house yesterday with house speaker boehner to dodge that fiscal cliff. yesterday's mattering was the first since election day. mr. obama is expected to reveal details when he speaks to auto work there's afternoon. >>> "wall street journal" reporting hostess used employee pension money to stay afloat as it sank deeper toward bankruptcy. it isn't clear how much money was taken from the funds. today is the final day for bidders interested in taking overwhat is left of hostess to step forward. so far 160 companies have expressed interest which include wonder bread and twinkies. hostess closed last month. >> this morning the national transportation safety board confirms mexican-american singing superstar jenni rivera died from a plane crash yesterday she was one of seven onboard a private jet that went down in northern mexico. she was considered a role model to women, young people and members of the gay community. in the past year she had been working to break int
, between president obama and house speaker john boehner. they met for an hour, with both sides saying only that the two had a frank discussion. president obama and boehner have struggled to break their impasse over taxes. the president wants a rate hike on the top 2% of the income earners. boehner opposes that fiercely. a deal must be reach bide december 31 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. the combination of tax increases and spending cuts. >> a san raphael mother has returned from the middle-east with what some may call a holiday miracle. she negotiated an agreement between israel and the palestinian authority to begin removing band mines from beth lehe. they are working to remove the devastation of land mines. they took a check of $141,000 to pay for the land mine removal. a family visited abc7 last year. >> it's been a terrible experience. and it's a need for other children. >> the roots of peace land mine removal effort is due to start in bethlehem next month. >> get ready for another change in the weather, just in time for the weekend. >> that's right. we have a wet seven-day fore
president obama vows to take action against guns and a culture of violence and faces some tough questions from one of our own. >> this is not the first issue, the first incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >>> from the global resources of abc news, with cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is a special edition of "nightline" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green rib
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